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December 10, 2007
Helio Castroneves
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December 10, 2007


Helio Castroneves

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The two-time Indianapolis 500 champion from Brazil won ABC's Dancing with the Stars

SI: Where does the Dancing with the Stars trophy go?

Castroneves: Between the two Indianapolis 500 trophies. When I look at these trophies, I know that when I put heart, soul, mind and hard work into something, I can do it.

SI: Why did you even want to do this show in the first place?

Castroneves: It was a challenge. I had to get permission from my [Penske racing] team, but we thought it was a family show and it was positive. The only bad thing would have been if I was a bad dancer and voted off first. That would have sucked.

SI: Are you being followed by paparazzi now?

Castroneves: So far it's O.K., but I haven't been at my house in Miami much. My secretary said there were some people around. That will be interesting. But, hey, if they come by, I'll give them bread and juice and welcome them in.